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13 Letter to the Editor | "EMS Update" by C.J. Wax, Mayor of Rockport

Posted: June 11, 2014, 5:20pm 

Tuesday evening (June 10, 2014) a presentation was made to Rockport City Council concerning ACEMS (Aransas County Emergency Medical Services). Read what was presented to the City—the letter can be viewed on pages #34-43, click here.

Background Information: At a regular meeting of the Rockport City Council on June 10th, Aransas County Medical Services Incorporated (aka ACMSI, or ACEMS) made a presentation to the Council. The presentation was listed on the agenda for the meeting as Item #10.

John Heffron, acting as a pro bono attorney for EMS, presented an agreement that ACMSI wants signed by July 1, 2014 in which it states, among other things, that ACMSI will charge the City $237.15 per each EMS call in the City, which figure could change depending on the monies they collect from charitable donations and other sources. Mr. Heffron stated the identical agreement was sent to all three entities, with the County removing the indemnity article in the agreement due to legal restrictions, which they (ACMSI) would allow the City of Rockport to do also.

At a meeting on April 25th, delegates from the City of Rockport, Town of Fulton, Aransas County, and ACMSI met to assess the short and long term issues to ensure continued emergency medical services to all of our citizens. All agreed to allow an outside consultant, paid for by the City of Rockport and the County, to investigate the financial and physical issues and search for a long-term solution that would sustain the EMS services for the community.

Scheduled to report the findings on July 1 with a meeting to discuss on July 6th, the demand for a financial commitment to ACMIS prior to that, especially since funds are now available to sustain service into August, goes against the previous attitude of cooperation. Having a grasp of where the money is going, how it and other assets are being managed makes good business sense, and should be done before investing more taxpayers’ dollars.

Reference pages 34-43 to read the information that was presented and discussed Tuesday evening.


C.J. Wax
Mayor of Rockport

13 comments:

said...

Thank you for the update CJ!...and thank you WWN for sharing this.

said...

Why do they have to know so quickly? EMS can't wait 1 week to hear what the findings are by the consultant? Maybe a second opinion is in order if people can't agree.

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Throughout all of this, Mayor Wax has shown a personal dislike for Aransas County EMS. Mayor Wax has suggested that the service cut staff and equipment. He has stymied every effort to help EMS continue. Wax would gladly hand off the emergency service to this community and its citizens to a for profit organization that has been kicked out of every community they have taken over the 911 service. We the citizens of Aransas County deserve a quality EMS service, not the lowest bidder that Mayor Wax wants. Think about this: when your mother has a stroke or your child is choking and seconds count, do you want an ambulance that is 45 minutes away? Mayor Wax thinks this is acceptable.

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Personally, I would rather have Mayor Wax evaluating the quality of ACEMS or any other organization before handing out my tax dollars to whoever asks. As for not having EMS readily available, there is already another EMS provider in Rockport on Market St.

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I disagree with the comment about Mayor Wax showing a personal dislike. I think he's trying to protect the city's citizens. A friend of mine went to City Council on Tuesday and heard a representative from EMS say that they DID NOT collect $97,000 at the telethon. That number was a total of all private donations to date. Then, a few days later, the EMS Director "shares" a story from employees. Why would they agree to the governments hiring a consultant to help and then send a demand letter before the results come in. I'm beginning to think that all the government entities and residents have been duped and that EMS and this anonymous letter people are using misdirection and incorrect information.

And, while I'm at it, why should the residents of Rockport and Fulton have to pay twice for EMS services since we pay County taxes, too.

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Well put! Did the author of the 3rd comment down even read this article? No where in its entirely does Mayor Wax make ANY personal statements--especially not about him not caring about people getting life-saving services. STOP THE PERSONAL ATTACKS and read the facts. The Mayor is simply sharing the letter that the EMS sent to the City. Aren't the tax payers entitled to read the facts? WELL DONE MR. MAYOR. We stand behind you and your diligent research!!!

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Dear Mr. Mayor, If the facts were correct, I would not have a problem. However there was NO meeting of the City of Rockport, Town of Fulton, Aransas County, and ACMSI on April 25. Please post the agenda and minutes from that meeting and decisions as you stated in your letter. Post the other letters sent to the political entities concerning this matter. There are many facts concerning this issue that should become public.

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http://www.cityofrockport.com/Documents/198/408/04-28-2014%20(Jt.W)_201405201017190270.pdf

said...

For those of us trying to follow along, you might consider using a made-up user name, so we know who is saying what.

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I don't get it. Maybe the dates were just mixed up. (People do make mistakes). There isn't anything surprising at that PDF you shared. What, that he suggested they reduce their fleet until they can figure out a solution? Sounds sensible to me. I personally don't care for the "Give us the money we want, or your family will die" threats. How is that professional and in the best interest of tax payers?

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People have mentioned another service in Rockport. Trust me, from my days as an EMT working for every different type of service, any small private service doing transfers is crazy to even consider wanting to pick up 911 work. Even just helping with 911 is a great way to kiss your money goodbye, and taking it over entirely? Forget it! Stick to doing the calls that are prepaid or guaranteed. It might not be glamorous, but if the owner ever wants to even think about retiring then forget 911!!! They may be very capable, but being able to do the job doesn't pay the bills when your calls aren't getting paid for. And as for the current service and rushing to get an answer by July 1...it seems a little fast if a consultant won't even be done until then, but I'm sure they are scared. If you were the management and directors with a big staff of people looking at you and asking whether or not they are going to have a job next month I think you would be scared and pushing for an answer too. I'm sure with the unknown future of their jobs people are probably looking elsewhere too, and I'm sure management wants an answer soon enough to stop people from leaving. It sounds like frustrations are flaring and it's time for all parties involved to step back, take a deep breath, try to see where the other parties are coming from and go from there. Sometimes people get backed into corners and defensive when in their heart that would probably make different decisions. I'm sure the majority of the citizens of the area have been happy with the service they have received. I know I have been when I have been their patient. Do the citizens want to continue with a group that most have been happy with or go with a new option that might be amazing, or may leave a lot to be desired. When it comes to my health I would rather stick with what I know! I say "that most have been happy with" because nobody can please everyone. I am sure there are people that think the current EMS is horrible. A company that has been in business for 30-40 years is going to have people that like them and people that hate them. They'll have past employees that left voluntarily and some that got fired. They'll have staff that did great and staff that just got by. With that many people over that many years you will have some of everything. Keep in mind as you read opinions posted that it's rarely the folks with something positive to say that take the time, it's usually those with a grudge that want to share. It's a shame to see such a necessary resource as a local EMS service go through this, but what truly matters in the end is that the citizens of the area have the treatment available to them that they need, not that the EMS service gets their way, or that the politicians get their way. This is about us as citizens and I hope the decisions made will reflect my best interest and not just the personal feelings of those making the decisions.

said...

Thank you for the suggestion, Citizen 456. Yes, if you prefer using a user name simply enter it in to the "Name/URL" option--URL can be left BLANK.

said...

Very well said ...



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